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AMD also announces new ATI Mobility GPU

AMD announced at Computex today that its next-generation notebook platform is now available and features not only new chipsets, but new graphics options and new processor availability. AMD says that the next-generation notebook platform -- code named Puma -- will be the foundation for the new AMD Business class, AMD GAME! and AMD LIVE! notebook solutions.

The notebook platform utilizes the new AMD Turion X2 Ultra Dual-core mobile processor. The new processor has technology to make it more energy efficient including AMD Independent Dynamic Core technology, mobile-optimized memory controller and a new power-optimized HyperTransport 3.0.

The new mobile chipset also features integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics and supports DirectX 10. Integrated graphics in a notebook usually means the inability to do anything requiring intense graphics like gaming. AMD says that its integrated HD 3200 graphics delivers up to three times the 3D performance of competitor’s products and features built-in ATI Avivo HD technology for smooth HD video playback.

ATI announced a new Mobility Radeon 3800 series as well offering the highest performance of any Mobile Radeon HD part. The Mobility Radeon 3800 supports PCI Express 2.0, DirectX 10.1, integrated HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort as well as multi-monitor support. The 3800 can support up to 4 displays natively.

The Mobility 3800 also works with ATI’s CrossFireX and Hybrid Graphics to provide more performance by running both the discrete and integrated graphics processors at the same time.

AMD says that notebooks running the next-generation Puma platform are now available from OEM suppliers like Acer, Asus, Clevo, HP and more.

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By SilthDraeth on 6/4/2008 11:09:54 AM , Rating: 3
I have been extremely satisfied with my Asus F3 series notebook running the AMD HD 2600, and the 690 chipset. Puma should be even more impressive.

I use my laptop as my primary desktop computer, and I take it with my on the occasional couple day conferences I attend for work.

I primarily just game by playing World of Warcraft, and more recently Age of Conan, which my notebook plays smoothly enough on the mid graphics settings, and a 20" wide screen display.

RE: Nice....
By majorpain on 6/4/2008 12:27:52 PM , Rating: 2
The company i work sells Asus F3 and i tested it several times, it really runs things smoothly. Guess with x3200 series it can kick Asus G1 and G2 with the GF 8600.

RE: Nice....
By jvillaro on 6/4/2008 12:42:50 PM , Rating: 2
Actually the GS1 (and I suppose the G2 and others) come with the GF 9500m gs that have better performance than the 8600 (it's practically the same but with improvements).
But I agree it's a very good news, I like AMD and wish to see them back on top or "tied" so we can have more choices.

RE: Nice....
By Natfly on 6/4/2008 1:04:56 PM , Rating: 2
I have an Asus F3 I bought a little over a year ago that has an X1700 (not even listed on the ATI site) and came with Vista Home. While the hardware is fairly solid, their support is awful. The video drivers crashed frequently from day one. Asus hasn't released any updated drivers for this model within the past year, and of course AMD doesn't offer support/drivers for their Mobility line.

ASUS's website is horrendously slow and at the time of writing this the US site is just displaying an ASP error.

I eventually installed XP on it and since then everything has been fine.

RE: Nice....
By GreenEnvt on 6/4/2008 1:40:28 PM , Rating: 2
You can find modded drivers online that will let the stock ATI drivers work with your card. Or if you're comfortable editing inf files, you can mod them yourself, it's pretty easy.

RE: Nice....
By SilthDraeth on 6/5/2008 5:31:28 PM , Rating: 2
As Green stated. On Asus forums in the video card section they outline exactly how to update your ATI or Nvidia drivers with the desktop variants.

RE: Nice....
By wordsworm on 6/4/2008 10:15:33 PM , Rating: 2
How is Age of Conan? Growing up I was a big fan of the novels (especially Howard's books) and Marvel's rendition of the hero. Who would have known that he would end up conquering California in the end... I always thought it would be Aquilonia (sp?).

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